Rivers & Spires This Weekend, Peter Pan Resumes Flying Next Week

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 19, 2013

Rivers & Spires is a glorious festival for all of us in Middle Tennessee, attracting visitors from all over the country, a three-day fling which is the largest of its kind and, I am told, award-winning. Kudos and thanks to Doug Barber, Theresa Harrington, Frances Manzitto and Melinda Shepard.

For years, we had participated in a small way with pay-what-you-can performances, a milk and cookie station when presenting A Year with Frog and Toad, and opening the festival with highlights from Spring Awakening, The Civil War and High School Musical. However, this small venue cannot compete with the unbridled amplified sound of super stages.

I love the crowds, and the first-timers keep experiencing our historic city center. All those who find out about the Roxy — first, that we are here — what we do and the importance of it, is a joy in itself, even though it does not necessarily turn into ticket sales or guarantee filled seats. Our board of directors and friends of the Roxy will be out in front of the theatre with t-shirts, posters, DVDs, shadow dust and, most importantly, information — so do stop by.

Phil and Jill Whittinghill were presented with the 2013 Monte Award (named for Mrs. George L. “Monte” Narber, an early supporter of our efforts here). It is and ever has been that theatre aficionados, by their very nature, support all theatre. The Whittinghills and family have participated in numerous ways. Performing, playing piano, operating lights, housing and feeding actors is only a bit of their efforts to keep us up and running.

This is our fourth foray into the world of Never Never Land. And I, as Captain Hook, require scads of makeup along with a Debby Dowlen costume. This was Debby’s second go at it, this time with the help of Joyce Turner, owner of Fabric Outlet, who also supplied the makings for the pirates’ attire, crafted by Shari VonCannon, and John Darling’s pajamas, made by Dee Anderson.

Ryan Bell first played the boy who won’t grow up. Then it was Kris McCarty, a girl playing a boy — which is often the case (think Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby), like the English Panto where the lead boy is always played by a girl. Clark Young preceded our current high-flying artist, Richie Sklar.

A motley crew of young aspiring performers fills out the Indian braves: Summer Aoki, Ali Arnold, Sydney Barksdale, Gavin Berlyak, Jesse Boyle, Kourtni Cottrell, Cheyenne Deibert, Ariana Desrosier, Whitney Flickinger, Darci Gautam, Jimmy Hochstetler, Vivian Hurn, Ana-Leigh Kirwin, Ashley Knowles, Katherine McCarty, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund, Madeline O’Connor, Nicole Powell, Christian Rieke and Amy Wyer.

Peter Pan plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee next Saturday, April 26, and scads of sold-out daytime performances. (There are no performances this weekend.) Please don’t wait until the end of the run, or you may miss this splendid telling of the J.M. Barrie classic.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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